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you crawl out of my mouth and my gums tear inside their broken jaw

By Joe NastaPublished 2 years ago Updated about a year ago 1 min read

I daydream you inside me.

Lana Del Rey bleeds in my ears,


congeals as I steal words between yr lips

with my swiping tongue:


those words who are what I always was

in my familiar way of being,


in a way that takes the gyration

of our bodies & transforms it—


We come together towards

this self portrait of two poets


as the American Boy, a self

portrait of this two as one


is us as you is

him as me is us


listening, is us talking

with our elbows


& toes & hip bones.

All of this, for you.


But then you are sudden-

ly so full bodied. You crawl


out of my mouth and my gums

tear inside their broken jaw.


Stern, your eyebrows flex to scream

you little fucker!


because somewhere in my love

I'd lost you. I'd stolen your humanity.


The music stops & in the sand I kneel

by your black denim, begging for a chance to keep it.

This poem was included in my book "I want you to feel ugly, too," which can be read on issuu.

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About the Creator

Joe Nasta

Hi! I'm a queer multimodal artist writing love poems in Seattle, one half of the art and poetry collective Eat Yr Manhood, and head curator of Stone Pacific Zine. Work in The Rumpus, Occulum, Peach Mag, dream boy book club, and others. :P

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